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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium

HSI STEM Impact SURE Program

Innovative and Collaborative Undergraduate Research

University College - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  Department of Computer Science  -  Department of Mathematics  -Department of Antropology

LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Friday, August 2, 2019

Deadline to Register: Friday, July 26

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Check-In
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction of Principal Investigators

Dr. Dann Brown

Texas State University
Dean of University College
Principal Investigator, HSI STEM IMPACT

11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Adam Ruben

Molecular Biologist

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Learning from Each Other

Poster Session #1 - LBJ Ballroom

Mathematics oral presentations - LBJ Room 3-13.1

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from Each Other

Poster Session #2 - LBJ Ballroom

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Research

Courtney Siegert

Texas State University
Doctoral Research Assistant and Skeletal Analyst
Operation Identification
Department of Anthropology

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Recognition of Undergraduate Research Participants

Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

Dr. Christine Hailey, Dean of College of Science and Engineering


More About Symposium Speakers

Adam Ruben, Ph.D.

Adam Ruben is an American writer, comedian, storyteller, science communicator, and molecular biologist.

Ruben is known for hosting the show Outrageous Acts of Science[1] on the Science Channel, known outside the United States as You Have Been Warned and Loco Lab. He has also been seen and heard on the Food Network's Food Detectives, the Science Channel's Head Rush, the Weather Channel's Weather Gone Viral, the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Kremlin, Discovery International's Superhuman Science, the Science Channel's How Do They Do It?, the documentary Mortified Nation, and NPR's All Things Considered and The Moth Radio Hour. He is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House, 2010),[2] a satirical guide to post-baccalaureate education, and Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball (Chicago Review Press, 2017),[3] a narrative nonfiction book about the past, present, and future of pinball. Ruben is also known for writing the monthly science humor column "Experimental Error" in the AAAS journal Science Careers. Ruben frequently gives keynote lectures and performances about science, education, career-related topics, comedy, science communication, public perception of science, and performs his one-man show about bullying, Please Don't Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence.

Courtney Coffey Siegert, MA, Texas State University, Doctoral Research Assistant

Courtney Siegert Photo

Courtney graduated from the University of Texas in 2010 with her Bachelorette degree in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology, and from Texas State University in 2016 with her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a focus in Biological Anthropology. For the past 3.5 years, she has worked with Operation Identification, who’s mission is to help locate, recover, identify, and repatriate human remains found on or near the South Texas border through community outreach, forensic anthropological analyses, and collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations. Courtney is now a student in the Doctoral Program for Applied Anthropology at Texas State University where she continues to work with Operation Identification. Her doctoral research will focus on improving methods of estimating geographic origin for individuals considered Hispanic. 

Beginning in 2013, the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State began a service-learning project ‒ Operation Identification (OpID) led and directed by Dr Kate Spradley. OpID was founded to facilitate the identification and repatriation of unidentified human remains found along or in close proximity to the South Texas border through community outreach, scientific analysis, and collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Read more about Operation Identification at the Texas State University Department of Anthropology web site.